Ken Burns on the Importance of 'America's National Parks'
“Well, it came about usually [through] individuals, people you and I have never heard of. Not just the John Muirs and the Teddy Roosevelts and the John D. Rockefeller Jrs., but many other people from every conceivable background and ethnicity dedicated their lives to saving the parks. It was African American buffalo soldiers in Yosemite and Sequoia national parks in the late 19th century, because there was no one [else] there to stop the poachers and the vandals and the errant tourists. It’s a really great story, and it’s just one of hundreds that we tell.”
Some Yankee Classics about Maine’s Acadia National Park: